Saturday, January 31, 2009
TV on the Radio - I already spoke about these guys. Their set was one to behold. They really embrace the live aesthetic, turning the set into a tent revival, with evangelist Tunde Adebimpe. And they were varied too, from 'Wolf like me's' frenzied, harried tornado to 'Staring at the sun's' hypnotic squall at the finale.
Lupe fiasco - Of all the artists of the day, Lupe seemed to exhibit the most energy of his peers. Given that's the coldest of winters back in his hometown of Chicago right now, that was surprising. Lupe and his live band threw it all down for the duration though, and the crowd was right there with him.
- #1 - Kings of Leon - Sex on Fire
- #2 - MGMT - Electric Feel
- #3 - Kings of Leon - Use Somebody
- #4 - Empire of the Sun - Walking On A Dream
- #5 - MGMT - Kids
- #6 - The Presets - Talk Like That
- #7 - Pez - The Festival Song(feat. 360 and Hailey Cramer)
- #8 - The Presets - This Boy's In Love
- #9 - The Ting Tings - That's Not My Name
- #10 - Drapht - Jimmy Recard
Friday, January 30, 2009
Download: The-Dream f. Ludacris, Fabolous, Juelz Santana & Rick Ross, "Rockin That Shit (Remix)"
Stream: TV on the Radio - Heroes
Download: Q-TIP "RENAISSANCE RAP REMIX" (FEAT. BUSTA RHYMES, RAEKWON & LIL WAYNE)
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Download: MIA - O Saya
Download: Ghostface and Raekwon - Criminology 09
The Great Robert Muraine in the solo category
Team USA takes the gold
The Duet category
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
This young man here is Theophilus London, and according to the Fader, he is a Brooklyn rapper/singer who released a notable mixtape (and not just for the spiffy album cover). He covers a fairly broad area in terms of genre's, pretty much he'll freestyle over anything it seems. Here's a taste.
Download: Theophilus London - This Charming Mixtape
Download: Lil Wayne feat. Drake - Unstoppable
Download: Lil Wayne - Prom Queen (from his upcoming 'rock' album)
Friday, January 23, 2009
Thursday, January 22, 2009
How It Was Supposed To Be (Military Version) from Ryan Leslie on Vimeo.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Having been the subject of not one, but two excellent doco's last year (Control and Joy Division), the band Joy Division has enjoyed a critical renaissance of late (did they ever not?). Now, they feature on a covers album, which can be a dodgy proposition at the best of times. This one is a little different however, where a veteran artist selects who they would like to see cover one of their songs. It makes for some entertaining choices and some great songs, like this one.
Download: Hot Chip - Transmission (Joy Division cover)
That's right, the venerable GrandMaster Flash, is coming back to Australia with the NERD boys, to do a couple of support slots. Check all these guys out if you can. I saw Flash in 04, and he kicked off the show with AC/DC's 'Back in Black, a tilt of the hat to the Aussie crowd and a righteous start to a great gig.
Tour dates and venues are:
Wed Mar 4 – Hordern Pavilion, Sydney
Thu Mar 5 – Hisense Arena, Melbourne
Grand Master Flash - The Struggling Years from Timothy Webster on Vimeo.
I Know What You Like! from Ryan Leslie on Vimeo.
my president is black remix - young jeezy ft jay-z & nas
Download: Young Jeezy feat. Jay-Z - My President is Black Remix
"The following is a mixed-media stop motion music video and celebration commemorating the election and inauguration of Barack Obama as the forty-fourth president of these United States. Audibly showcasing Adam Freeland's remix of Daft Punk's "Aerodynamic" and the imaginative stylings of forward thinking toy artists Dalek, Bill McMullen and Kubrick to name just a few. Independently animated and directed by the progressive minds of the directing team GOLD, the piece is a labor of love that invites everyone to join in or create their own celebration this coming Tuesday January the 20th."
Download: Adam Freeland s Daft Punk - Aer Obama (Aerodynamic remix)
Daft Punk vs. Adam Freeland - "Aer OBAMA" from Gold Greendot on Vimeo.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Download: Peter Bjorn and John: "Lay It Down (The Golden Filter Remix)"
Friday, January 16, 2009
Kanye's blog put on to this heater from F-A-B-O, who was inconspicuous last year, save his awesome boast-filled mixtape 'There is no competition'. He should have a major label record out again this year, so there's something to look forward to already!
Download: fabolous feat. The Game - Where you from
Download: Metronomy, "A Thing For Me (Sinden Remix)"
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
The Dream is completely underrated down under, and he doesn't yet receive enough love in the states either. Hopefully this little ditty corrects that mistake, cause boy is mad talented! Though nowhere near as good as the other song with this title (sung by someone with intitals J & T), it's still a sigh and look out the window at the clouds type track that you and your boo can swoon to.
Download: The-Dream feat. Mariah Carey - My Love
We're used to Rappers and Sports Stars getting their own signature shoe, but not instrumental DJ's like DJ Shadow. But that's exactly what has transpired. Reebok have given the turntable superhero his own sneaker as a tribute to his knob-twiddling, vinyl pushing abilities.
The venerable veteran's of Run DMC have been nominated into the Rock's Hall of Halls! I don't care much for award ceremonys and the like, but it's great to see some of rap's founding fathers getting their due.
Here's what Pitchfork had to say:
Run-DMC and Metallica are probably the two most interesting inclusions in this year's list of Hall of Fame inductees. Run-DMC is the second rap group in the Hall, following Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five a couple of years ago, and Metallica is one of the Hall's first metal bands-- the exact number depending on how exactly you choose to define "metal." This year's class also includes baby-boomer guitar hero Jeff Beck, soul great Bobby Womack, doo-wop group Little Anthony and the Imperials, and early rockabilly star Wanda Jackson. There's also a sideman category, and this year Elvis bassist Bill Black and drummer D.J. Fontana and longtime session pianist Dewey Lyndon "Spooner" Oldham get the nod.
Download: Miike Snow - Animal (Crookers Remix)
Monday, January 12, 2009
Robyn - Cobrastyle (The Bloody Beetroots Remix)
Sia - Buttons (CSS Remix)
Download: Lil Wayne f. Pharrell, "Yes"
Download: Lil Wayne f. Swizz Beatz, "Up In The Club"
Three Six Mafia's last album was a major disappoint to those had geeked out to earlier hits like 'Stay Fly', but these gets them back in my good graces for a minute. Sampling coming-out queen Santogold (who was also sampled on Jay-Z ripper new track Brooklyn go Hard), they smother the track in reverb and do there pimp talk that they do so well.
Download: Three Six Mafia - Shuv It
If you are a fan of Comedy Central, chances are you are a fan of Stephen Colbert's brand of humour. It comes to the fore when he sinks his teeth into the Hip Hop Generation. Hiptics.com has alerted us to these Classic Colbert (pronounced Colbear) Hip Hop Moments.
Colbert Hip Hop Moments
Download: Young Chris ft. Wale “Searching”
Download: Wale - Nike Boots
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Download: Kanye West, DJ Benzi & Plain Pat present Sky High - The official Version
Thursday, January 8, 2009
The Fader have put us on to Nore's new single. Nore is rap veteran who came out in the 90's in a group called CNN. He found chart fame when he teamed up with the then new production team The Neptunes and 'Superthug' was born. He been on the low for a while now, but is back with a KISS-sampling tune that I know you're gonna love.
Download: Nore - NY Groove
I Guess I'm Floating Best Hip-Hop Albums 2008
Interview: Kid Sister with Pitchfork
Video: Kid Sister (with Kanye) - Pro Nails (from Pitchfork.TV)
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Download: Peter, Bjorn & John - Nothing to Worry About
Download: Eminem [ft. Dr. Dre and 50 Cent]: Crack a Bottle
Sunday, January 4, 2009
Can't believe I nearly missed this! Skillz is a Virginia rapper who's been poppin and the fringes of hip-hop fame for over a decade. Each year he raps about the popular news stories of the year. Oh yeah, and it's pretty funny too.
Download: Skillz - Rap-Up 2008
Saturday, January 3, 2009
THEY have only just returned from a starring Hollywood role, but there's no slowing down for Garry Stewart and the Adelaide-based Australian Dance Theatre.The company has just taken part in Superstar Dancers Of The World, a primetime dance series for NBC which airs next week in the US.
But they'll be back in rehearsals in the Adelaide ADT studios tomorrow for the opening night of the Sydney Festival, for which the city's CBD will be tranformed into an epic outdoor celebration of music and dance.
ADT will perform in Martin Place alongside Bangarra and Sydney Dance Company as part of the "movers and shakers" – showcasing the best of the best of Australian dance.
Another major highlight of the festival will be delivered by ADT creative director Garry. As one of Australia's leading choreographers, festival director Nigel Jamieson asked Garry to create a specially choreographed dance performance for the opening event, Festival First Night.
Just after sunset on January 10, all 10 open-air stages across the CBD will stop and an anticipated 250,000 people will perform Garry's dance, The Sydney, simultaneously, transforming the CBD into possibly the world's largest dance floor.
The dance will apparently be set to a collection of dance music from the Balkans.
FROM choreographing a performance to move a large audience to getting a large audience to move . . . Garry Stewart is Australia's lord of the dance.
Australian Dance Theatre's artistic director and the man behind Sydney Festival's communal dance, The Sydney, Stewart has just returned from showcasing some of the country's best dancers in a US reality TV show which will be beamed to millions.
Called Superstars Of Dance, the show has been dubbed by some as "the Dance Olympics". It pits dancers from eight countries: Ireland, India, the US, Argentina, China, Russia, South Africa and Australia against each other.
While he is sworn to secrecy on the results of the show until it airs, Stewart praised the Australian dancers, who "did an exceptional job and matched the quality of everything else there".
For Stewart it's a case of going from one extreme to the other, as he will now watch The Sydney, executed by about 250,000 Sydneysiders, as part of Festival First Night on January 10.
Ghostface Killah-Run (Remix) (Feat Jadakiss, Lil' Wayne, Raekwon And Freeway)
Ghostface Killah-Back Like That (remix)(Feat. Kanye West & Ne-Yo)
Profiles taken from burnthefloor.com
The guy and girl who form the duo component of the Australian contingent for the Superstars of Dance Comp are Giselle Peacock and Henry Byalikov. I thought you might want to know a little bit of background on them, leading into the comp.
Giselle has been dancing since the age of 10 and has devoted her life to competing in International Latin Dancing. Achieveing great results in many Championships including 4 times US Champion, 2 times World representative, 2nd in Under 21 at the Blackpool Championships in England.She also studies and trains in other styles of dance including Hip Hop, Jazz, and Modern Dancing.Giselle still actively competes, coaches and performs all over the world, and has appeared in television shows including Secret World of Ballroom Dancing and So You Think You Can Dance. Giselle has been touring with Burn the Floor for 2 years.
Henry Byalikov's passion for performing arts was clear from the age of nine, when he commenced his dance career, specialising in the technical style of individual and coupled Ballroom.
His pursuit of dance was rewarded with titles such as the New South Wales Open Champion as well as international and national finalist and semi-finalist in the World Championships.
Over the last few years, Henry has crossed over from Ballroom dancing to a number of other genres, as seen by his appearances on Strictly Dancing and So You Think You Can Dance in Australia. His latest appearance was on Dancing With The Stars.
Trained in a number of styles, including animation hip hop, Henry has just joined Burn The Floor.
Friday, January 2, 2009
Thursday, January 1, 2009
Two of the hottest mixtape dj's on the circuit do a roundup of some of the hottest tracks of the year. There is some good stuff on here, peep the tracklist:
Intro (6th Sense)
So Fly (Slim f Biggie - Mick Boogie Mix)
Announcement (Common f Biggie - Mick Boogie Mix)
I Luv Your Girl (Dream f Jay-Z MB/TU Mix)
Paper Planes (MIA - Terry Urban Mix)
Swagger Like Us (Jay-Z - Mick Boogie Transition)
Jockin My Wonderwalls (Jay-Z & Oasis)
Diamond Girl (Ryan Leslie f Kanye West - Mick Boogie Mix)
Paris Tokyo (Lupe Fiasco f CL Smooth - Mick Boogie Mix)
Girls Around (Lloyd f Rakim - MB/TU Mix)
Drivin Down The Block (Kidz In The Hall f/ El-P)
Gettin Up (Q-Tip)
Milli (Lil Wayne - Wonder/Excel Mix)
Love Lockdown (Kanye West f LMFAO)
Falsetto (Dream - Terry Urban Mix)
Day N Night (Kid Cudi f Jay-Z - Terry Urban Mix)
Lollirock (Lil Wayne & Kanye West - Kickdrums Remix)
Dangerous (Kardinal f Akon)
The Boss (Rick Ross f Lil Wayne - Mick Boogie Mix)
Out Here Grindin (Khaled)
My President (Young Jeezy f Nas)
Black President (Nas f Young Jeezy)
American Boy (Estelle f Jay-Z and NERD - Terry Urban Mix)
Everyone Knows (NERD - Sammy Bananas Remix)
Dont Touch Me Remix (Busta Rhymes f Nas)
Magic (Robin Thicke f Jay-Z - Mick Boogie Mix)
The Light 08 (Common)
How We Rock (Termanology f Bun B)
Rising Down (The Roots f Mos Def & Styles)
Viagra (88 Keys and Kanye West)
Midnight 08 (Q-Tip)
Go All Out (9th Wonder and Buckshot)
Download: Best of 2008 Mixtape - Terry Urban and Mick Boogie
Download: Boys Noize - Shine Shine (Shadow Dancer remix)
Download: Payback" (unreleased) - Kanye West ft. Timmy G, Sly Poloroid (via eastofla.com)